Warner Bros. will release the final chapter in the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman franchise,
The Dark Knight Rises
, next month. His second installment,
The Dark Knight
, grossed more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide and is ranked as the third best opening weekend film of all time (source: Box Office Mojo). Add in total global retail sales and that figure grows to more than $10 billion. Expectations for the final film are high.
Also expected to fair well at the theater is
Ice Age: Continental Drift
, set to premiere next month from Twentieth Century Fox. 2009's
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
took in almost $200 million in domestic box office sales. The fourth installment revisits the Ice Age gang as they head off on their
Other notable sequels include Disney's
Monsters, Inc. 2
, Marvel's follow-ups to each of its superhero films, Sony's
The Smurfs 2
Despicable Me 2
Star Trek Sequel 3D
. Also forthcoming is Lionsgate's
, the second film in the record-breaking The Hunger Games franchise and the culmination to the Twilight Saga from Summit.
Over the next few years, numerous animated films will debut. Disney/Pixar will unveil
this month, introducing its new female heroine Merida, a spitfire Scot who wants to be more than just the daughter of royalty. DreamWorks has a slew of new films in the pipeline, including
Rise of the Guardians
Me and My Shadow
, while Sony will release
New films set to spark a surefire multi-film arc include
The Amazing Spider-Man
from Marvel (the film's sequel is slated for 2014), and Warner Bros.'
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
, which debuts in December. The second installment is set for a December 2013 release. The studio will also debut
Man of Steel
in 2013, which revisits the Superman legend.
*Flick Pics is a compilation of some major theatrical releases, organized alphabetically by studio and film release date, and includes a brief synopsis of film offerings and the status of its licensing programs.
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